Did you know that what you eat, and where it comes from, can really make a difference?
Whether you choose to believe it or not, what you eat and where it comes from has a huge impact on your health, your community, the economy and the environment.
We have compiled some of the many reasons why you should be sourcing and eating locally grown food.
It’s better for the environment!
It reduces CO2 emissions
Local food has less travel time, which generates fewer greenhouse gases, alleviates dependence on fossil fuels, and contributes to a reduction in air pollution.
There is less food waste
With a shorter distribution chain, there is less food wasted in the distribution, warehousing, and merchandising processes.
It’s better for the economy!
It boosts your local economy
By buying local food, you are creating more jobs in your community.
It’s better for your health!
It contains more nutrients
Local food generally retains more nutrients because it has been ripened naturally and picked fresh.
There is less chance of food contamination
Fewer steps in the value chain mean there is less chance of contamination. Food sourced from overseas has more opportunities for food safety issues at harvesting, washing, shipping and distribution.
It’s something to feel good about!
It connects you to your community
There is a feel good factor associated with buying locally, knowing that you are keeping local producers in business. It helps you build meaningful connections with locals, and gives you a good excuse to catch up for breakfast with friends at a local farmers market.
These far reaching benefits should get you actively thinking about where your food comes from. Buying local food is beneficial to your own health and wellbeing, the environment, and the economy. Consider buying more locally sourced food.
Are you interested in learning more about the steps food takes before it makes it to your plate?
Enrol in our free online course: Understanding Agribusiness, Value Chains, and Consumers in Global Food Systems.
In this course from the University of Adelaide, you will learn about the dynamic business of food and agriculture, exploring value chain thinking and the role consumers play in our rapidly evolving food systems.